TwoPynts wrote:I just want to clarify, #1 is the Menghai 1997 8582 "Wet Stored"?
Can you post the corresponding numbers to the proper tea Chip? Thanks.
The tea key is hidden in Chip's first post if you want to look. I have not yet as I am trying to guess which is what and stored how
Oh that's sneaky. Okay, thanks for pointing it out to my blind self.\
Dry leaf aroma is almost not there, just a hint of the standard Pu-Erh scent. I did two quick flash rinses.1st cup:
The smell reminds me of the slightly damp basement of an old home up in the North East part of the USA. It is not unpleasant at all, in fact it brings back childhood memories, but it is hard to pin down exactly what the scent is. I'm assuming it is due to the storage methods of this tea. The wet leaves have an even more intense aroma, but it also have a slightly floral, citrus hint to them. The broth appearance is reminiscent of a lightly roasted coffee and has a nice sheen to it. Mouth-feel is good with an immediate impact at the tip of my tongue that works its way backward after swallowing. It has a clean, fall leaf/ woody flavor that is slightly sweet to my taste buds. There is a hint of aged cheese there and not in a off-putting way. No real bitterness to speak of, though there is a slight pucker to the mouth after swallowing. The aftertaste lingers in traditional Hui Gan style.2nd cup:
More of the same, with a cedar woodiness hitting me first and then the lingering Hui Gan. I let this one cool a bit, and the broth is not quite as appealing when room temperature. 3rd cup:
And more of the same but even more intense. A hint of camphor is making an appearance. I let someone else taste and smell it, and they agree it has an aroma that reminds us both of the interior of an old Quonset hut. I've yet to notice anything remotely fruity, even with the sweet aftertaste. The tea has a drying effect that lingers well after I've stopped drinking.
Overall, it is a very mellow brew with a calming Cha Qi that I find energizing at the same time. I was a bit on edge before I started drinking it but am now quite calm. I look forward to more infusions and will add to this post this if anything new crops up.EDIT:
I got through 7 infusions before calling it quits. The tea held up well and might have gone even further with longer steep times. The Hui Gan and drying at the back of the throat lasted throughout. The spent leave show a good variety and are in excellent condition considering their age. Not many powdered bits.